Xylem (Auricle Archive)

by Alan Freeman

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Tracks 1-9: Phase 1: Electroacoustic Experiments
Tracks 10-14: Phase 2: Ambient Synthesis

In the late 1970's I started to work on sound experiments with my brother Steve. We'd found a common interest in experimental music, and were eager to try things for ourselves. During the later days of working as Vrije (1983) I recorded a number of experimental solo works. I would secrete myself away, experiment for hours and hours on end with headphones on, pillaging texts from films and radio, experimenting with real-time audio splicing, making cassette loops and trying all manner of bizarre techniques in sound manipulation. This disc is a collection of such works and a few of my early ambient electronic ideas. All material here is unreleased or rare in digital format, much of it different mixes too.

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released September 23, 2014

Recorded at home & at Tachyon Studio (January 1983-March 1986).
Taken from A.C.F. Time Shift (Musiques Nouvelles MN 010),
Xylem: Xylem (Syzygy ZC 60.013), Revision (Syzygy ZC 60.017),
Predator (Dark Star DS 210), Elephants Pursued By Flying Men (Dark Star DSC 07) & Dark Corridors (Dark Star DSC 16).
Compilation, remix & digital transfer by Alan at Tachyon Studio (March 2001).

Alan Freeman: home made electronics, turntable, collage, loops, voice, synthesizers (Yamaha CS5, Moog Rogue, Octave Cat), keyboards (Casio PT30 & MT68, Siel Orchestra 2).

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Alan Freeman Leicester, UK

Self-taught non musician, fascinated with electronics in music, weird rock and the avant-garde. A sound explorer seriously active since 1981 especially so with the projects Alto Stratus, Endgame and Triax, also issuing a number of solos largely in the realms of musique concrete and ambient experimental music.
Influences range from Eno, Cluster, Klaus Schulze to Pierre Henry and Nurse With Wound.
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